The Ottawa Redblacks have been relegated to the basement of the CFL since 2019 but new receivers coach and pass game coordinator Travis Moore does not believe that streak will continue.ne
“Things can be turned around and things will be turned around. And I’m trying to say that as humble as possible,” Moore said during an interview with TSN 1200’s The Drive last week.
“As men, we have to go there and do our job and put the best product on the field and have a vision and get these guys to believe in playing with one another and go out there and win ballgames. That’s the business that we’re in. We’re not playing for 10 years down the road. We’re playing to win now.”
The 52-year-old Moore was a member of the Redblacks’ first-ever coaching staff, instructing the receiving corps from 2014 to 2017. He now returns to the city where he won a Grey Cup in 2016 following a five-year stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which ended when his contract wasn’t renewed after the 2022 season.
Moore dubbed his departure from the Riders a ‘blessing in disguise’ and was critical of where the blame was placed for the team’s disappointing season. The experience might have dissuaded others from jumping to another struggling franchise, but the former CFL all-star receiver has complete faith in the leadership of new Redblacks’ head coach Bob Dyce.
“Just who he is, what he stands for, his integrity and his vision of where he wants the team to go,” Moore said.
“Bob has always been someone who really has coached special teams very well, he’s been an offensive coordinator and a receiver coach. I’ve been knowing Bob for a long time, and just had a chance to work with him when I worked in Ottawa, so it was a good relationship that we had and hopefully that will continue moving forward.”
While Ottawa struggled offensively last season under former head coach Paul LaPolice, much of their problems could be attributed to the injury suffered by franchise quarterback Jeremiah Masoli against Moore’s Riders early in the season.
With receivers like Jaelon Acklin, Justin Hardy and Nate Behar still in the fold, the recovery of the team’s star pivot in time for 2023 has his new passing game coordinator excited.
“That’s a plus. I mean, Jeremiah had done very, very well in our league,” Moore said. “Jeremiah has been up here for quite some time, he’s put up numbers, he’s won a lot of games, he’s a true leader and so I’m just looking forward to getting the chance to work with him and everyone else on the staff.”
Whether that will be enough to reverse the 10-40 record the Redblacks have posted over the past three seasons remains to be seen and Moore knows from his experience in Saskatchewan that even the best assistants can only do so much to ensure success. However, he trusts the plan laid out by those at the top of the organization.
“If you’re going to ask about the vision of where the Redblacks are going, I think that’s a loaded question that you have to ask Shawn Burke or Bob Dyce because those are the leaders,” Moore insisted.
“And to be able to move forward as assistants is to be able to help with that vision that they’re going to have to move the Redblacks to the common goal. Everyone’s common goal is to win a Grey Cup, to bring it back to the city.”